Regulation (Public Administration)

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  • A broad term that encompasses both rules and regulations, which are related terms but not synonymous.

    There are three types of agency regulations:

    • Every agency head has the authority to issue “housekeeping” regulations, which are inherent with the position and may also be authorized by law—for example, in the case of the federal government, to issue regulations to govern the internal affairs of the agency. Regulations in this category may include subjects such as conflicts of interest, employee travel, and delegations to organizational components, including the custody, use, and preservation of its records, papers, and property. This does not authorize rulemaking that creates substantive legal rights.
    • Agencies also have inherent authority to issue pro cedural rules to govern their internal processes, as well as “interpretive” rules ...

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